The excellent news for the Toronto Raptors is that they ended up with the No. 4 choose within the 2021 NBA Draft. The dangerous information is that with Detroit, Houston, and Cleveland selecting forward of them, they’ll possible be compelled to take whichever participant within the consensus high 4 falls to them. Nevertheless, the rising inventory of Jonathan Kuminga may unexpectedly assist the Raptors out.
Kuminga, who spent final 12 months within the G League with Jalen Inexperienced, is extensively projected to be picked within the high 10, as his boundless athletic potential might assist whoever drafts him find yourself with a starter at small ahead or energy ahead for the following decade.
Kuminga may not be as enticing to the Raptors as Inexperienced, Evan Mobley, or Jalen Suggs, as they’ve gamers like OG Anunoby and Pascal Siakam on the ahead spots. Nevertheless, he might be very enticing to Cleveland.
Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com is reporting that Kuminga shot the ball nicely in a really optimistic exercise with the Cavaliers, as his “actually good day” was punctuated by him exhibiting off his intelligence and vibrant character.
If Kuminga goes to Cleveland at No. 3, which means two gamers of the Suggs-Mobley-Inexperienced trio will fall to the No. 4 spot. It will give the Raptors the posh of selection somewhat than merely deciding on whichever member of the massive 4 leads to their vary.
The Toronto Raptors should hope the Cavaliers take Jonathan Kuminga.
Kuminga isn’t an ideal prospect, as it’s nonetheless unclear what his greatest place within the execs will probably be and he’s at present working to beat some ghastly effectivity averages. Nevertheless, he might be a extra pure match with the Cavs given their roster.
Jarrett Allen is a free agent, however Cleveland will possible make a play to retain him. Breaking apart the backcourt tandem of Collin Sexton and Darius Garland wouldn’t make a lot sense for a crew ostensibly making an attempt to win, so Kuminga might slide in and begin at both ahead spot.
The Pistons will possible take Cade Cunningham No. 1 total, and the excitement linking Inexperienced to Houston retains getting stronger. If the Cavaliers are so seduced by Kuminga’s leaping potential, each Suggs AND Mobley might be accessible at No. 4. The Raptors can have the liberty to choose between a brand new place to begin guard or the most effective middle within the draft.
Kuminga has labored out for the Raptors, however he possible gained’t find yourself in Toronto as a result of he’s a little bit of an incongruous match. Cleveland would get a starter for a decade, whereas the Raptors get to choose between Suggs and Mobley.
It is a win-win situation. Make it occur, Cavs.